Operations Research, MS

Contact Info

Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department
George Mason University
2100 Nguyen Engineering Building
4400 University Drive, MS 4A6
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: (703) 993-1521

Email: seor@gmu.edu

The program prepares students for research and professional practice associated with the formulation, analysis, and computer implementation of mathematical models of operational systems. Features of the program include mathematical programming, queueing and network theories, computer simulation and modeling, applied and computational probability, and the application of these to realistic problems. Students are expected to become proficient in these areas, as well as in supporting areas of information technology necessary to implement OR analysis approaches.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

Program Requirements

This program prepares students for research and professional practice associated with the formulation and analysis of mathematical models for decision making and their computer implementation. Major components include optimization, queuing and network modeling, computer simulation and modeling, applied and computational probability, and application of these components to realistic and relevant operational analysis problems. Students are expected to become proficient in these areas, as well as in supporting areas of information technology necessary to implement operations research methods.

The program includes core courses and electives selected by the student with the aid of a faculty advisor. To obtain the MS degree, students complete an approved plan of study that contains a minimum of 30 graduate credits. Students may take courses through the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program. Appropriate courses may be transferred, with advisor approval, into this Mason degree program.

An accelerated master’s option is available to students in selected bachelor’s of science programs. See BS (selected)/Operations Research, Accelerated MS for specific requirements.

Opportunities

Operations researchers may work in universities, in industry, or in government. They may teach, do research, and/or solve real problems. Operations researchers may be involved in one phase of a study, or may participate in all portions of a project; many operations researchers have moved from the technical branch of a company or agency into managerial positions. Students with special interests in optimization, stochastic modeling, decision analysis, military operations research, or financial systems engineering may elect to concentrate in these areas.

This information is being provided here for your planning purposes only. For official catalog information, please refer instead to the official George Mason University Catalog Website at http://catalog.gmu.edu.